July 9-10, 2004
All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
Friday, July 9
8-9p.m. Go Batty * All seven of Minnesota's bats live in Southeastern Minnesota's Blufflands. Separate fact from fiction about these fascinating little animals. Play a bat game! See a bat video! Eat some bat treats! Free bat house plans will be available. See over a hundred bats emerge at dusk from bat houses on the visitor center!
Saturday, July 10
8-9a.m. Tweets and Treats - Join the Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station for some good bird watching, treats (hot beverages and cookies) and conversation. The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds. With a new sound system you can hear the birds at the feeding station!
9:30-10:30a.m. Poisonous Plants and Animals of Whitewater * What can "get" you in this park? Where are they found? How can you avoid them? Get to know a few of the plants and animals in Whitewater that can make your visit memorable for the wrong reason!
1-2p.m. Snakes of the Blufflands - Sixteen of Minnesota's seventeen kinds of snakes live in the Blufflands. Learn how we can live, work and recreate in the Blufflands and still conserve these awesome creatures. A slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. A live bullsnake will be on hand, literally! Bring your camera for a picture of a bullsnake wrapped around your loved one's neck.
3-4p.m. Go in Seine at the Beach * Many small creatures live in Whitewater's cold water streams and at the beach. Come get wet and wild as we use a seine (net) to search for some of Whitewater's miniature water monsters! Find out about the interesting critters we share the swimming hole with. How does life in the stream differ from live in the beach pool? Meet at the bridge by the beach.
These programs are provided free of charge, but state park vehicle permits are required. In addition to attending programs, you are invited to use the park's self-guided interpretive services, including visitor center exhibits and self-guided trails. See the new beaver exhibit. A number of history and nature related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.
You can help support Minnesota State Parks Interpretive and Resource Management Programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, ∏ mile south of the visitor center on Highway 74, offers books, post cards, T-shirts, mugs, wildlife posters, relaxation tapes and much more. The Nature Store will be open the following hours: Tuesday * Sunday 9a.m.* 4:30 p.m.
The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of Whitewater State Park!